My journey so far
Life as a Clinical Trainer
My day-to-day activities can be quite varied. One moment, I could be facilitating classroom training on new therapies for the nursing team. The next, I could be supporting new nurses into the business and signing off their competencies. I also have to do regular field visits to follow the progress of our established nurses and provide them with new skills training if they need it.
How I got the role
I started with LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare in an IV therapies role, where I would nurse long-term patients receiving home parental nutrition and train patients to self-inject. Then one day, I saw the clinical trainer job advertised on our internal vacancy bulletins and thought it sounded interesting. I discussed the opportunity with my line manager who was very supportive. I also had help from several formal and informal mentors, who gave me the confidence I needed to apply.
There is a huge range of training on offer here, especially when you’re preparing to deliver new treatments. We also have lots of written instructions available, which can be a useful aid. I have personally acquired lots of new clinical skills since joining the company three and a half years ago.
LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare sponsor a really inspiring national awards programme called Cavell Star Awards. The awards recognise nurses who shine bright and show exceptional care. Being nominated for and then winning a Cavell Star Award is the proudest achievement of my career so far.